On Sunday, September 14th, the winds began to blow in Cincinnati. Remnants of Hurricane Ike were rolling up into the Midwest -- a part of the country unaccustomed and ill prepared for that kind of fury. Though there was almost no rain, the winds, some as high as 84 miles per hour, toppled trees and limbs and took out power and telephone lines throughout northern Kentucky, into southwest Ohio, and then up throughout much of Ohio. At the height of the outage, over 90% of energy customers were without electricity.
For Children with Diabetes, the loss of power outlasted our backup capacity. The downed lines also took out the telephone circuits, including the high speed data circuits used to deliver the web site. Nearby cell phone towers were out too, requiring a two mile drive to get cell reception, though the overloaded cell network successfully connected calls only occasionally.
At 12:10 am on Tuesday, September 16th, power and telephone service were restored. The CWD web site was back on the air by about 12:20 am.
Two trees in this neighbor's front yard collapsed into the front door, blocking entry and exit. Friends with chain saws cleared it in a couple hours. Many neighbors had pear trees that were unable to withstand the winds. This kind of damage was everywhere ... ... and included trees snapped cleanly at the base. Many others met a similar fate at the business end of a chain saw. Shingles and tar paper flew off countless houses. Thankfully the rain didn't come. A young boy with type 1 diabetes lives in this house. The mom moved his insulin to a neighbor who, inexplicably, had power. About a mile away, this decades old tree -- with a trunk about two feet in diameter -- snapped ... ... and fell onto power, phone, and cable lines that ran alongside a major road, immediately severing power and phone service as well as blocking the road. A close up look at the power, phone, and cable lines embedded in the tree. Power lines are clearly visible, broken, lying on the ground.
Last Updated: Tuesday September 16, 2008 12:59:20
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